27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kazan 2013 volunteers successfully complete their internship at World Combat Games

On October 29, 35 activists of the Kazan 2013 volunteer movement returned to Kazan from the Northern Capital of Russia, where they had successfully undergone internship at the World Combat Games. Within 12 days, the team of Kazan volunteers had been sharing knowledge with their colleagues - volunteers from all over Russia - and of course had gained new experience at another major international sporting event.

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Volunteer training began long before the competitions - the receipt of applications from those who want to take part in an internship kicked off at the end of September. For four days, candidates had been interviewed at the Main International Centre (MIC). "Such internships are usually quite popular among volunteers. The Games in St. Petersburg were no exception - the competition was 2-3 applicants per place depending on the volunteer position. To get a spot on the team, the applicants had to undergo a rigorous selection based on a number of criteria: a good command of English and other foreign languages​, knowledge of martial arts, volunteer experience and recommendations from Kazan 2013 volunteer managers, and, of course, self-motivation," says head of the Kazan delegation Regina Valiullina, who works as Chief Expert in the Volunteer Department of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate.

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Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, the volunteers received training, visited competition and non-competition venues, collected their uniforms and got down to work, especially since they were offered very important and responsible positions. 20 boys and girls worked as attachés to 15 international sports federations represented at the World Combat Games - sambo, judo, taekwondo, karate, aikido, sumo, boxing, Thai boxing, French boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, wushu, wrestling, kendo, fencing. Those volunteers, who already had experience of working in the positions of attachés to sports teams and attachés to the FISU Family at the Universiade in Kazan, coped well with the tasks assigned to them - they helped around in the office of the sports federation, provided language services, assisted athletes during competitions and so on.

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A special group of volunteers was assigned to the protocol at the sports facilities position. These volunteers, selected based on the recommendations of protocol managers, helped to organise the work with participants and VIP/VVIP guests, and also assisted during the victory ceremonies. In addition, medical volunteers travelled to St. Petersburg as part of the Tatarstan delegation to work as anti-doping chaperones, i.e. volunteers accompanying the athletes to doping control procedures.

"The team of Kazan volunteers got the highest appraisal and positive feedback from the functional managers and the leadership of the Games Directorate. It's really nice to hear kind words about our volunteers from the representatives of Sportaccord (International Federations' Union, the organiser of the Games) and the Directorate of the Games in St. Petersburg," says Director of the Volunteer Department, Alexander Karpov. "Experience of the Kazan Universiade and working capacity - that's what our volunteers and professionals brought with themselves. Here they gained new knowledge and skills that will be useful at the upcoming sports events that await our city in the near future. Of course, the fact of participation in the competitions of such high level would be a great addition to the portfolio of each of them, and the experience gained at the World Combat Games will be another basis for further personal and professional growth."

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As we reported earlier, not only Kazan 2013 volunteers contributed to the World Combat Games. The experts of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate spent more than a month in St. Petersburg as they shared their experience and collaborated with the Directorate of the World Combat Games in terms of preparing and implementing the volunteer programme, and during the Games they acted as volunteer managers at competition and non-competition venues and made sure that volunteers were provided with all necessary services. In addition, the experts of the Protocol Department organised and coordinated volunteers' work at venues during the Games.

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate